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UMD Leadership Opposes Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions

December 23, 2013

Crystal Brown,

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – University of Maryland President Wallace D. Loh and Senior Vice President and Provost Mary Ann Rankin have issued the following joint statement opposing the boycott of Israeli academic institutions:

"We firmly oppose the call by some academic associations—American Studies Association; Asian-American Studies Association—to boycott Israeli academic institutions. Any such boycott is a breach of the principle of academic freedom that undergirds the University of Maryland and, indeed, all of American higher education.

"Faculty, students, and staff on our campus must remain free to study, do research, and participate in meetings with colleagues from around the globe. The University of Maryland has longstanding relationships with several Israeli universities. We have many exchanges of scholars and students. We will continue and deepen these relationships.

"In the United States, we can disagree with the governmental policies of a nation without sanctioning the universities of that nation, or the American universities that collaborate with them. To restrict the free flow of people and ideas with some universities because of their national identity is unwise, unnecessary, and irreconcilable with our core academic values."